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NFL DFS Showdown picks, lineup strategy for Ravens vs. Chargers on Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Henry Palattella takes you through their picks and approach DraftKings Showdown contests for Ravens vs. Chargers on SNF in Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season.

Austin Ekeler of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during to an NFL game against the Baltimore Raven at M&T Bank Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) travel to Los Angeles this weekend to take on the underachieving Chargers (4-6) on Sunday Night Football. Here’s a look at some players to consider from the matchup for DFS.

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Ravens vs. Chargers

Captain’s Picks

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($18,000)

While Jackson appeared to sustain an ankle injury in the first quarter of the Ravens’ win over the Bengals last week, he stayed in for the entirety of the game and threw for 264 yards while rushing for 54 more yards. Jackson also lost start tight end Mark Andrews to a season-ending injury in the matchup, but he’ll be going against the worst pass defense in the league.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers ($15,000)

Ekeler’s been a production machine lately, and was putting together a solid game last week against the Packers before committing a red zone fumble. The Ravens defense is one of the league’s best at stopping the run, but Ekeler’s gotten at least seven targets in three of his last four games, which is how I think he makes his presence known on Sunday night. Brandon Staley has proved he’ll do whatever it takes to force the ball into Ekeler’s hands, so he’s an easy start.

FLEX Options

Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens ($8,600)

Eight of Edwards’ touchdowns have come in the Ravens last four games, with his latest outing being a two touchdown performance against the Bengals. He’s clearly taken hold of the Ravens No. 1 running back position, and gets almost all of their work around the goal line. If the Ravens get close to the end zone on Sunday night, Edwards is a lock to finish the job.

Keenan Allen WR, Chargers ($11,200)

Allen’s coming off a game where he had 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown on a ridiculous 16 targets — the sixth game this season where he’s tallied 10 or more targets. Allen’s a monster in the passing game and is Justin Herbert’s No. 1 target, but I’m not picking as a captain because I think the Ravens defense will slow down the Chargers’ downfield passing game.

Players to Avoid

Keaton Mitchell, RB, Ravens ($6,800)

I get it, Mitchell’s a tempting option, as he’s getting more touches in the Ravens’ offense and has displayed game-changing speed. But that still doesn’t change the fact that he’s a boom or bust running back in an offense that features a dual-threat quarterback. There’s always a chance Mitchell will break one for the house, but there’s also a chance that he’ll gain negative yards on three straight carries and stay glued to the bench the rest of the game.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Ravens ($6,200)

Beckham had four receptions for a season-high 116 yards his last time out, but he also sustained a shoulder injury that’s made him a game-time decision for Sunday’s game. Beckham had only had one game of 50+ yards prior to last week so I’d stay away from him this week.